Biography of Caleb B. Shank
Tipton County, IN Biographies





CALEB B. SHANK was born in Wayne County, Ind., December 13, 1831, and passed his youth in the counties of Wayne and Tipton. His parents, Joseph and Marinda Shank, came to Tipton County in 1842, and entered 720 acres of land, in Sections 28 and 29, Cicero Township, in which last named section they resided; on this land his father remained until 1859, clearing out about 200 acres, erecting a good residence, substantial barn and outbuildings, and setting out an orchard. At the time last mentioned, he removed to the town of Tipton, where he continued to reside until his death, which occurred October 17, 1864. Joseph Shank was one of the pioneers of this county, being born in Pennsylvania December 17, 1802. He was united in marriage in Wayne County, Ind., January 9, 1831, to Miss Marinda Jackson, who was born June 19, 1812, in Virginia. His widow still survives him, and had left at her husband's death a family of three children, only one of whom is now living, viz., Caleb B. The names of those deceased are Nancy E. and John A. Caleb B. acquired a fair education from the common schools of the counties of Wayne and Tipton. He engaged in farming on the home farm until 1861, when he removed to Tipton and embarked in the mercantile business; after pursuing this about two years, he disposed of it and began manufacturing brick for building purposes; this business he carries on in connection with farming, and it has thus far proved very remunerative, as he has been able to manufacture and dispose of about 700,000 brick annually. He owns a farm of 150 acres, and his mother owns the same amount, in all 300 acres, in Section 12, Cicero Township, which joins the corporation limits. He also owns a residence and seven lots in the town of Tipton. The fertility of the soil of his farm is unsurpassed by any other in the county. It averages an annual production of sixty bushels of corn and twenty bushels of wheat to the acre. His corn he uses principally as feed for his stock, of which he raises a fair amount. He is a zealous Republican, and takes a great interest in political affairs. In 1880, he was appointed to take the census of Tipton County. He was married in Tipton County, October 2, 1851, to Miss Mary W. Askren. They have had three children, viz.: Marinda J., Arleva A. and John W., deceased. Mr. Shank is one of Tipton's most enterprising men, and to him she owes much of her prosperity.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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